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The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Chequea Esto! animated short is now available for download through iTunes U! 
Join us in celebrating and exploring Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring the dead and the cycle of life and death. Learn different aspects of Día de los Muertos and how it is celebrated and practiced.
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For more information on the LVM Day of the Dead Festival, and for a complete listing of events and map, visit the latino.si.edu then click on the sugar skull icon. Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM  #LVMDayofDead

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The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Chequea Esto! animated short is now available for download through iTunes U! 

Join us in celebrating and exploring Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring the dead and the cycle of life and death. Learn different aspects of Día de los Muertos and how it is celebrated and practiced.

SIGN UP to receive weekly email updates for the 2014 Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Real/Virtual Celebration! 

For more information on the LVM Day of the Dead Festival, and for a complete listing of events and map, visit the latino.si.edu then click on the sugar skull icon. Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM  #LVMDayofDead

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NEW! Dia de los Muertos /Day of the Dead Chequea Esto!(Check This Out!) Animation Shorts on iTunes U

Download the Latino Virtual Museum’s Cheqea esto! (Check this out!) series on iTunes U featuring new animated short stories about the traditions and cultural practices of Dia de los Muertos told through animated characters Florentina and her wise Abuelita. 

Chequea esto! is a series of educational animated videos tackling issues popular among Latino youth. Topics include college applications, career paths, bullying, cultural tradition, and social media. Each video is quick, engaging, and fun!

Join us in celebrating and exploring Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring the dead and the cycle of life and death. Learn different aspects of Día de los Muertos and how it is celebrated and practiced.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with Pre-Hispanic and Spanishcustoms. These customs shaped the common elements of traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos. Today, Day of the Dead has been increasingly popular with Latinos in the United States. Though many of the traditional elements have remained how and where Day of the Dead is celebrated has changed.

Download the  Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead interactive iBook! 

Download the interactive e-Book for the Teacher Toolkit!

Visit our iTunes collection to explore more of our interactive educational resources!

Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources. Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Follow us on Facebook!

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…the Internet’s true value isn’t in being everywhere but in enhancing the here.

"The dream was that anyone, anywhere, could participate and would, if given the chance," said Shelley Bernstein, the vice director of digital engagement and technology at the Brooklyn Museum. "I had the ‘anyone, anywhere’ dream. I remember sitting in countless meetings and arguing for that dream."

- Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds, By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS AUG. 7, 2014, New York Times

The “anyone, anywhere dream” is the foundational philosophy of the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. There is no physical location for the museum, anyone, anywhere can explore our resources online. La Placita, is the museum’s virtual town square in the virtual world of Second Life where visitors can learn and engage with Latino cultural heritage through immersive interactive experiences. Designed to replicate true physical museum experiences, visitors explore the museum as avatars, and anyone can come donning any identity they choose.

Pondering the Possibilities is a personal reflection written by writer, poet, and longtime LVM collaborator Maria Miranda Maloney about the possibilities of creating community in a virtual space based on her experience in Second Life at the Latino Virtual Museum for LatinoVirtual.blogspot.com, an archived blog documenting the development of LVM in Second Life.

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Virtual Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM

Imagineering: Cultural Identity and Dia de los Muertos

The LVM Real/Virtual Watershed initiative

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Son Clave Glossary: Salsa Music and Dance

A musical hybrid, a mix of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican and Latin Caribbean traditional musics mixed with Latin American jazz and other styles. The polyrhythmic, beautifully syncopated music is usually played by a band of 8-10 musicians - 1 or 2 lead singers, brass instruments (especially the trombone), piano, bass, conga drums, timbales, bongos, a cowbell and other percussion instruments. 2. A contemporary word for hot, up-tempo, creative Latin music, it means “gravy” or “sauce.” Originally it was used as a descriptive such as “swinging” or “funky.” The origins of the current usage are obscure, but it began to circulate in the late 1960s.

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Featured Video: Documentary La Lupe Queen Of Latin Soul

Three Afro-Caribbean women, three Latina minorities in the United States, three voices who develop their singing careers in the United States. Yet despite the foundational gestures of this feminist genealogy, La India also recognizes and foregrounds the struggles of power and the differences among women that foreclose any homogenizing category of “woman.” La India provides her listeners with a complex negotiation between the official recognition of Celia Cruz as the Queen of Salsa, and the fact that this title has been established, in part, as a result of La Lupe’s invisibility in the history of popular music. La India’s homage to Celia is a subversive recovery of La Lupe’s radical performances, excesses whose ultimate meanings were perhaps not understood in her own time…

Excerpt from Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music and Puerto Rican Cultures By Frances Aparicio

Learn more about Cuban icon La Lupe through the PBS, Independent Lens documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul.

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Share your cultural traditions, holiday celebrations, and stories of experience within Latino and Afro-Latino cultural heritage on our blog for the #MyLatinoStory project. You can share your stories several ways! Visit our submissions page for more details - http://smithsonianlvm.tumblr.com/submit

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

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Son Clave  Salsa Lounge - Learn about the rhythms of Salsa

Son Clave Glossary Relating to Afro Caribbean Music

Fania Records on Tumblr! - Explore legendary sounds of Salsa!

Raices: The Roots of Latin Music

Educational Activity: Understanding Significant Figures (Celia Cruz

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¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
This week we celebrate the women of Salsa, and we begin with the legendary Afro-Cuban signer Celia Cruz, a master of many different genres of Afro-Caribbean song with a rich powerful voice and electrifying stage presence! The story of Celia Cruz can inspire students to explore a wide range of subjects, including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. 
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an exhibition site, ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz where you can learn about the life, music, and personal style of Celia Cruz. There educators can find lessons in PDF version that can be downloaded and printed for classroom use under resources. The lesson plan “Exile: Cuba and the United States”, focuses on Celia’s homeland and the events of the Cuban revolution and its effect on U.S./Cuban relations and U.S. foreign policy. On a lighter note the “Design Your Performance” lesson guides learners through understand the role of aesthetics and style in the performing arts through exploring photos and musical performances of Celia Cruz as inspiration for set and costume design. These lessons range for learners K-12 so there is something to engage everyone, and the site and resources are bilingual.
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Share your cultural traditions, holiday celebrations, and stories of experience within Latino and Afro-Latino cultural heritage on our blog for the #MyLatinoStory project. You can share your stories several ways! Visit our submissions page for more details - http://smithsonianlvm.tumblr.com/submit
Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.
Related Topics:
Son Clave  Salsa Lounge - Learn about the rhythms of Salsa
Son Clave Glossary Relating to Afro Caribbean Music
Fania Records on Tumblr! - Explore legendary sounds of Salsa!
Raices: The Roots of Latin Music 
Sacred Drums of the Yoruba - Ritmos de Identidad

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¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

This week we celebrate the women of Salsa, and we begin with the legendary Afro-Cuban signer Celia Cruz, a master of many different genres of Afro-Caribbean song with a rich powerful voice and electrifying stage presence! The story of Celia Cruz can inspire students to explore a wide range of subjects, including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an exhibition site, ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz where you can learn about the life, music, and personal style of Celia Cruz. There educators can find lessons in PDF version that can be downloaded and printed for classroom use under resources. The lesson plan “Exile: Cuba and the United States”, focuses on Celia’s homeland and the events of the Cuban revolution and its effect on U.S./Cuban relations and U.S. foreign policy. On a lighter note the “Design Your Performance” lesson guides learners through understand the role of aesthetics and style in the performing arts through exploring photos and musical performances of Celia Cruz as inspiration for set and costume design. These lessons range for learners K-12 so there is something to engage everyone, and the site and resources are bilingual.

#MYLATINOSTORY

Share your cultural traditions, holiday celebrations, and stories of experience within Latino and Afro-Latino cultural heritage on our blog for the #MyLatinoStory project. You can share your stories several ways! Visit our submissions page for more details - http://smithsonianlvm.tumblr.com/submit

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

Related Topics:

Son Clave  Salsa Lounge - Learn about the rhythms of Salsa

Son Clave Glossary Relating to Afro Caribbean Music

Fania Records on Tumblr! - Explore legendary sounds of Salsa!

Raices: The Roots of Latin Music 

Sacred Drums of the Yoruba - Ritmos de Identidad

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     No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.  
     -   Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini